On 8 May 2019, the Clean Energy Regulator released documentasset::Guidelines on stratification, evidence and records for projects under the human-induced regeneration and native forest from managed regrowth methods. The guidelines support the requirements in the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment Rule (No.2) 2018, the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment Rule (No.1) 2019, and key method eligibility requirements. The Clean Energy Regulator consulted with industry and technical experts to develop these guidelines.
The guideline supersedes the documentasset::interim posture and documentasset::draft operational policy used to assess crediting abatement for human-induced regeneration and native forest from managed regrowth methods from November 2017 to May 2019.
There are methods available under the Emissions Reduction Fund for vegetation regeneration that are model-based and have complex land use history and evidentiary requirements. These include:
The requirements are summarised in this regulatory guidance to assist potential scheme participants to assess which method their land may fit under, and whether they can satisfy the evidentiary requirements.
This advice is general, and each project will be assessed individually. Meeting the requirement for evidence of land use is only one element of project eligibility, and decisions on eligibility can only be made on assessment of a complete project application.
The method for avoided clearing of native forest is covered in this regulatory guidance as it is a method that provides for abatement calculated according to continuing regeneration after cessation of clearing.
It is important to note that some evidentiary requirements provide examples of types of evidence rather than mandatory specifications. In these cases, other types of evidence may satisfy the requirements of the relevant method.
The Clean Energy Regulator cannot provide advice on whether particular types of evidence will be sufficient, as all evidence can only be assessed in the context of a full project application.
For land characteristic and baseline requirements, please refer to
human-induced regeneration of a permanent even-aged native forest . The evidentiary requirements include, but are not, depending on project circumstances, limited to:
For land use history and evidentiary requirements, please refer to the
native forest from managed regrowth method. The evidentiary requirements include but are not, depending on project circumstances, limited to:
For the land characteristic and baseline requirements under this method, please refer to the
avoided clearing of native regrowth method. The evidentiary requirements include, but are not, depending on project circumstances, limited to:
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